Strengthening the early childhood workforce is a key goal of the Office of Head Start (OHS). Professional development systems at all levels help promote coordinated and effective learning paths that support this goal. This session will help programs gain a deeper understanding of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Head Start Act regulations around training and professional development.
This presentation provides guidance to Head Start grantees on how to design effective training and professional development programs. It also describes the help available to grantees through the OHS Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) System. The materials assist programs in planning and providing professional development opportunities throughout their five-year program cycles. Programs can also learn to design a training and professional development system that supports the continuous improvement of services to children and families.
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Session Description and Script
Activities and Handouts
- Head Start A to Z Guiding Principles
- What's the Difference?
- Professional Development Approach Scenario
- Training and Professional Development, 45 CFR §1302.92
- Training and Professional Development: Understanding the Requirements
- Excerpts from the Head Start Act's Training and Professional Development Requirements: Staff Qualifications
- The 70-20-10 Checklist
- TTA Funds
- Sample TTA Plan
- Does It Make a Difference? Evaluating Professional Development: Educational Leadership
- Reflective Practice Tool
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Last Updated: November 24, 2020